August 1, 2002

Five seniors awarded Nissan/Big Brother/Big Sister award

Toronto, Ontario – Five senior citizen volunteers from across Canada have been awarded the prestigious Nissan Big Brother/Big Sister Senior Citizenship Award at the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada (BBBSC) National Convention.

The Nissan Canada Foundation and BBBSC established the award to recognize the unique contributions made by seniors to Big Brother Big Sister agencies across Canada.

Recipients of the award represent a diverse group of seniors from every area of Canada. This year’s winners are Lolly Askin with Big Sisters of London (Ontario); Judy Sipes with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miramichi (New Brunswick); Dan Germain with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lethbridge & District (Alberta); Maxine MacRae with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg (Manitoba); and Luc Begin with Grands Freres Grandes Soeurs de Montreal (Quebec) – as seen in photo left to right.

Nominations are solicited from member agencies of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada with the final selection being made by a panel of judges from BBBSC and the Nissan Canada Foundation. Winners were treated to an all expense paid trip to the BBBSC National Convention in Toronto, where they received their award. Nissan Canada Inc. also hosted a luncheon for the recipients and treated the winners to a tour of Toronto.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada is a federation serving 181 member
agencies in all provinces and one territory which match adult volunteers with children in need of their support.

Since it was established in 1993, the Nissan Canada Foundation has provided support to a number of organizations, which help seniors. They include; Toronto Homes For The Aged; Meals on Wheels Agencies across the country; Sun Youth Organization; the Alzheimer’s Society of B.C.; and the Canadian Hearing Society.

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